Final Score: Steelers 38 Browns 13
#5 – Joe Haden has an interception.
Now, just a few days away from kickoff, Joe Haden will get a shot to stick it back to his former team. In a recent Q&A on Twitter, ESPN Cleveland Radio Host Tony Grossi was asked if the Browns would take a shot deep on Haden and Grossi enthusiasticly answered on the first drive. A since then deleted tweet from Haden said that he would intercept the Browns if they tried to test him. Let’s hope that is the case. It will be exciting to see #21 make his debut in black and gold.
#4- Le’Veon Bell rushes for 150+
After missing all of training camp and the preseason, only practicing a few days in pads, Le’Veon Bell will still do his thing. Bell may get less carries than usual, but he will still run wild. James Connor may see an increased workload because of Bell’s absence, but even with 20 carries he will be able to accomplish this feat. Along with a rushing touchdown he will add one receiving too.
#3- Steelers Special Teams
There has been some question about the Steelers kick returners, but I believe that all of Steeler Nation will be surprised this week. On the latest Steelers depth chart JuJu Smith-Schuster was listed as the new kick returner after the departure of Fitzgerald Toussaint, and Sammie Coates. Many have questioned JuJu’s kick returning skills because he didn’t have great return numbers at USC. In college, JuJu had 16 return opportunities for only 185 yards, and his longest return was only 27 yards. While the numbers weren’t impressive he also didn’t have many opportunities. The kick return game hasn’t exactly been impressive lately for the Steelers so it won’t take much to improve it.
#2- TJ Watt Will Standout
TJ Watt who will take over for James Harrison will put on a show in week one. My prediction for AFC Defensive Rookie of the year will be all over the place in week one racking up 2.5 sacks. Watt, who had 10 tackles and 2 sacks in the preseason, will bring a fierce presence to this Steeler defense that it has been lacking in past years. The future is now.
#1- AB/Martavis Shine
Antonio Brown is back and looking for another 100-catch season after agreeing to a 4 year $68M contract extension with the Steelers. Martavis Bryant on the other hand is coming off a yearlong suspension, and just a few days back he was reinstated to play in the regular season. Brown and Bryant will shine against Cleveland and their ‘Hadenless’ secondary. Brown will have over 100 yards and at least one touchdown, while Bryant will stretch the field with a 75-yard touchdown. If the killer B’s can all stay healthy this season, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be lethal.